No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
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Today’s feast invites us to pray anew over the gift that the dying and rising of Jesus is for each of us and for our families. That gift becomes more practical to us in times of illness, loss of work, family disagreement, or other struggles. Like Jesus, you and I lurch towards understanding that these personal and community experiences of dying and rising actually become our path towards wholeness and redemption.
Pope Francis speaks about in urging us to find that “narrow gate” which defines our personal share in the cross of Jesus. Today’s Gospel reminds us that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son….” What finer companion can I have in this journey of life than one who teaches me so personally how to meet life’s pain and sadness, as well as the hope and joy they also promise.
Imagine you are standing before Jesus on his cross today. Look intently into his eyes. Hand over to him your anxiety and pain. Find a place in your heart to let Jesus love you, strengthen you, and bring you hope.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
Jesus, love of my soul, center of my heart!
Why am I not more eager
to endure pains and tribulations for love of you,
when you, my God, have suffered so many for me?
Come, then, every sort of trial in the world,
for this is my delight, to suffer for Jesus.
This is my joy, to follow my Savior,
and to find my consolation
with my consoler on the cross.
This is my happiness, this my pleasure:
to live with Jesus, to walk with Jesus,
to converse with Jesus;
to suffer with and for him,
this is my treasure.
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